The Importance of Being Consistent: Digitizing the William Earl Betsch Collection
Assessment / Cataloging / Digitization / Preservation

The Importance of Being Consistent: Digitizing the William Earl Betsch Collection

Written by Thomas Busciglio, ICFA Intern (Spring 2015), University of California, Santa Barbara – Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) Seeing a professional scanner for the first time is intimidating. A new user like me always wonders how to make the most adequate use of it. In the archival world, the flatbed scanner can … Continue reading

Rehousing the Moche Archive
Moche / Pre-Columbian / Preservation

Rehousing the Moche Archive

The processing of the Christopher B. Donnan and Donna McClelland Moche Archive has been a multi-faceted project progressing through many stages. An initial assessment was done in the spring of 2013 by Lisa Trever, former Tyler Fellow in Pre-Columbian Studies; the archival processing and creation of a comprehensive finding aid was completed in the fall of 2014 by Ameena Mohammad, … Continue reading

Ecology and Economy: Charles Tauss and the Challenges of Preserving Byzantium
Kariye Camii / Preservation

Ecology and Economy: Charles Tauss and the Challenges of Preserving Byzantium

Written by Jessica Cebra, ICFA Departmental Assistant  In the past, we’ve featured the work of art conservators Carroll Wales and Constantine Tsaousis, who dedicated years of their life to conserving Byzantine painting. Another paintings conservator, Charles Tauss, has surfaced in ICFA’s collections, who worked with Wales and the Byzantine Institute at Kariye Camii, in Istanbul, … Continue reading

Brenda Bernier Photograph and Preservation Workshop in ICFA
Photographs / Preservation

Brenda Bernier Photograph and Preservation Workshop in ICFA

Written by Ameena Mohammad, Pre-Columbian Archives Assistant Got preservation issues? We do! Earlier this year, Brenda Bernier, Head of Harvard Library’s Weissman Preservation Center and Paul M. & Harriet L. Weissman Senior Photograph Conservator, generously brought her knowledge and expertise regarding preservation and conservation of photographic materials to Dumbarton Oaks. The informal workshop followed the format … Continue reading

Carroll Wales, Part II: Fragments of Samatya
Byzantine Institute / Preservation

Carroll Wales, Part II: Fragments of Samatya

Written by Jessica Cebra, ICFA Departmental Assistant The story of conservator Carroll Wales, and concomitantly, of his conservation sidekick Constantine Tsaousis, continues as more is revealed in the context of the Byzantine Institute’s smaller side projects, by way of a visually rich collection of color slides donated by Wales in the 1990s. In ICFA, our … Continue reading

Carroll Wales, Part I: “Doctor of Saints”
Byzantine Institute / Kariye Camii / Preservation

Carroll Wales, Part I: “Doctor of Saints”

Written by Jessica Cebra, ICFA Departmental Assistant ICFA’s collections are known for its documentation of architecture, mosaics, frescoes and other aspects of material culture from Byzantium, but the actual fieldworkers and skilled craftsmen who worked to restore and conserve these centuries-old buildings and artworks deserve recognition. Here we’d like to highlight the work of Carroll … Continue reading

Protecting the Monuments of Syria
Photographs / Preservation

Protecting the Monuments of Syria

Written by Jessica Cebra, ICFA Departmental Assistant Earlier this year the skyline and citizens of Aleppo lost the minaret of the Great Umayyad Mosque in the ancient walled city, destroyed amidst violent clashes. Many historic monuments, structures, and archaeological sites within the borders of Syria have undergone looting, vandalism, unauthorized excavation or construction, and varying … Continue reading